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Business Inspiration, Leadership, Rock Your Business

3 Business Owners Tell Us the Advantages of Failure

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“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Poet Alexander Pope penned this quote more than two hundred years ago, yet it’s still very relevant today in business, even in this age of advanced technology. The reality is that businesses are created and managed by people, not technologies. And, people have the ability to use bad… Read more

Know Your Business, Restaurant

The 8 Immutable Laws of Restaurant Success

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Much of the advice we give here at the Kabbage Small Business Blog is general: what to do in any business, universal financial facts and news of interest to entrepreneurs regardless of industry. But not all businesses are created equal. This is the first in a series of posts with specific advice for people operating… Read more

Research, Start Your Business

When Is the Right Time to Launch Your Business?

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Timing is everything. This is certainly the case in affairs of the heart, but it may equally be true when it comes to starting a business. Business coaches often advise aspiring entrepreneurs to evaluate the “four Ps” of marketing – product, price, place and promotion – before they open their doors to customers. However, timing… Read more

Fund Your Business, Know Your Business, Small Business Loans, Womenpreneurs

11 Grants for Women-Owned Businesses You Need to Know About

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  Note: This article was originally featured on Entrepreneur.   In 2014, there were close to 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States, a 68 percent increase since 1997, according to The 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report from American Express. This percentage increase exceeded the national average of small business growth by 1.5 times. It also illustrated what… Read more

HR, Manage Your Business, Productivity, Rock Your Business

Five Critical Questions Small-Business Owners Must Ask Before Retirement

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The number of small businesses in the United States has increased 49% since 1982, and the 23 million small businesses in America today account for 54%of all U.S. sales1. If you’re a small business owner, you know it’s taken long hours and dedication to succeed. And when you retire you want to make sure you… Read more

Hiring & Firing, HR, Manage Your Business

Should You Counteroffer an Employee Who is Quitting?

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According to a recent study from LinkedIn, up to 80 percent of the workforce are considering their career options and actively or passively job searching. Workers are leaving for higher compensation and benefits, greater opportunities for advancement, better work/life balance and even higher quality senior leadership within the new firm. This reality creates a challenge… Read more

Innovate Your Business, Small Business Tools, Technology

Why Your Small Business Needs a Business Continuity Plan

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What happens to your business if a disaster hits? For example, what if there is an earthquake or hurricane or tornado (depending on which natural disasters are most prevalent in your area) that shuts off the power to your business for several days, or destroys the building where you’re located? What if there is a… Read more

Data & Trends, Innovate Your Business

What Can the Thumbtack Small Business Sentiment Survey Teach Us About the Economy?

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  One of the ways for small business owners to evaluate their strategies and make decisions about future business investments is to look at the overall state of the economy – whether it’s the local economy in your area, the national economy as a whole or the ups and downs of whichever niche market your… Read more

Content Marketing, Grow Your Business

Knowledge is the New Ad Copy: Your Guide to Modern Messaging

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Business services marketing must strike a difficult balance. On one side, business customers are sophisticated. They see through typical “sales-speak” and marketing strategies because they understand and apply the same things themselves. On the other, the decision-makers are often too busy for a long presentation that delivers every salient detail in support of your company…. Read more

Data & Trends, Innovate Your Business, Inventory & Shipping, Manage Your Business

Amazon’s New Free Shipping for Small Items May Hurt Local Retailers

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Amazon announced that they will be offering free shipping to all customers for smaller items purchased on the site. The program will help them compete with big-box retailers like Wal-Mart and local grocery stores. Until now, customers have been reticent to purchase things like beauty and cleaning products online because of shipping costs – it’s… Read more

 
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